What A Stolen Life is about:
In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen.
For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse.
For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation.
On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don’t think of myself as a victim. I survived.
A Stolen Life is my story—in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it
Why I wanted to read it: I was browsing the shelves in the library and saw it. I knew that at some point I wanted to read her story but wasn't sure if I was strong enough to get through it. Then I realized I was being stupid...she was STRONG enough to endure the abuse for eighteen years....she was STRONG enough to write down her story. I owed it to her to read it!
Source: Public Library
- I remember when Jaycee went missing and it broke my heart to even try to imagine what her family was going through. I was soon to be a new mother myself and the whole thought of child abduction scared me beyond belief!
- I could only imagine the hell that she endured but it was an entirely different thing when I read what actually happened to her. At times I just sat there and cried....I wanted to hug her.
- I was ANGRY at the number of times someone could have saved her! The Parole officers never once looked in the back yard..HELLO PEOPLE! One time she was even seen by a parole officer. Why didn't they question the existence of a young girl in the house of a registered sex offender???? WHY!?
- The neighbors! Are you serious, can you honestly say that you never heard or saw anything strange going on over there???
- Her notebooks broke my heart...can I just say that they seriously broke my heart.
- Jaycee is one of the strongest women I've ever read about! I'm amazed at her resilience, her courage, her fierce love for her daughters, her forgiveness of her abductors, and her ability to move on.
This is a book that needs to be read. Her story needs to be heard and I honestly feel that we all have a duty to read it, ....to arm ourselves better about predators and warning signals. We need to quit worrying about pissing off the neighbors or rocking the boat. If we sense something is wrong we need to go with our gut-instinct. I believe God gave it to us for just this purpose...to protect the innocent!